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Citations + Writing

Please note that the Bellack Library will be ending its RefWorks subscription in 2020. We recommend using Zotero instead of making a RefWorks account. This page will remain active for current RefWorks users.

RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to save, share and generate citations and bibliographies. It is free through the library and you can even take your account with you when you graduate. Whether you are working on a huge project or just want peace of mind for all of your projects, we recommend signing up for RefWorks.

Create an Account

or Login to an Existing Account

If you already have an old RefWorks account, you can upgrade to the new RefWorks. Before upgrading:

  • Uninstall Write N Cite from your computer. You will need to install the new version of Write N Cite from the new RefWorks website.
  • Finish all in-process manuscripts. Legacy RefWorks and new RefWorks are not currently compatible, which means any citations input into manuscripts using old RefWorks will not be detected by new RefWorks and could cause issues for your Word documents.
  • Contact the librarians if you would like personal assistance upgrading your account.
  • When you're ready, click the link above to login to an existing account and use the username and password that you use for your old RefWorks account.
  • Please note, if you have Word 2007, we do not recommend upgrading to the new RefWorks if you want to be able to use the Write N Cite plug-in.

Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes - Video Tutorials

Can't make it to a RefWorks workshop? Watch the RefWorks video tutorials for a quick intro to this tool. Play the video below to watch the whole playlist, or choose individual videos from the list below.

RefWorks Fundamentals

Ready to learn more about RefWorks? This playlist covers manually adding references, managing folders and more features.

Sharing with RefWorks

Working on a group project and need to share references? This video shows you how.

Interested in a text tutorial? Click the PDF link below:

Installing Write N Cite or RefWorks Citation Manager

 

There is a RefWorks plug-in/add-in for Word that will insert citations and bibliographies directly into a manuscript. For Windows computers and Mac computers with Office 2013 or earlier, the plug-in is called Write N Cite. For Mac computers with Office 2016, it is called RefWorks Citation Manager.
 

Word 2016 Mac Add-In

To install the RefWorks Citation Manager into Word 2016 on a Mac:

  1. Open Word 2016.

  2. Create a blank document.

  3. Click on the Insert tab along the top ribbon.

  4. Click Store.

  5. Search for RefWorks Citation Manager.

  6. Click Add.

  7. After a moment, it will appear on the righthand side of your document. Sign in with your RefWorks credentials.

  8. The Add-In is now connected to your RefWorks account. To see how to use it, watch this video tutorial.

  9. This Add-In is also available for Word 2016 for Windows. However, we have found that Write N Cite (below) works better for Windows at this time.

  10. Troubleshooting: If, when you go to the Add-In Store, it will not let you add anything, sign out of your Office account. Then add the Add-In from the Store. Then you can sign back into your account.

 

 

To install Write N Cite on a Windows PC running Word 2010 or newer (2013, 2016):

  1. Make sure that your Java is up to date: Go to www.java.com and download and install the latest version.

  2. In RefWorks, click on your name in the upper right corner, then click on Tools.

  3. Scroll down to the Write N Cite download and click to download.

  4. If Word is open, close/quit Word completely.

  5. Install the Write N Cite package that you downloaded.

  6. Restart your computer. (This amy not be absolutely necessary but it is my experience that some computers need this, depending on the build.)

  7. Open Word. You should now have a RefWorks tab on your ribbon.

  8. Click on the icon of a person to log into your account.

  9. To see how to use Write N Cite, watch this video tutorial.

 

 

To install Write N Cite on a Mac running Word 2013 or earlier (2011, 2008):

  1. Download and install Legacy Java from this page: https://support.apple.com/kb/dl1572?locale=en_US

  2. In RefWorks, click on your name in the upper right corner, then click on Tools.

  3. Scroll down to the Write N Cite download and click to download.

  4. If Word is open, close/quit Word completely.

  5. Install the Write N Cite package that you downloaded.

  6. Restart your computer. (This may not be absolutely necessary but it is my experience that some computers need this, depending on the build.)

  7. Open Word. You should now have a RefWorks tab on your ribbon.

  8. Click on the icon of a person to log into your account.

  9. To see how to use Write N Cite, watch this video tutorial, also embedded above. (Yours may look a little different but the features are all the same.)

Alumni Accounts

Switching to an Alumni Account

Getting ready to graduate? You can take your RefWorks account with you! Just remember to change the e-mail tied to your account to a personal e-mail address. (Your Institute e-mail will expire at some point after graduating.) You can also change your status to Alumni.

To make the necessary changes, log into RefWorks. Then:

  1. Click on your name in the upper right corner and choose Settings from the drop down menu.
  2. Click where it says Role and choose Alumni.
  3. Replace your IHP e-mail with a personal e-mail address.
  4. Click update.

Now you can have your RefWorks account forever and continue to use all of its great features.